Tish Around Legacy Hall – Dallas Premier Food Hall

Hey TAT Family!

I found my Foodie Heaven in Dallas at Legacy Hall, the newest addition to Legacy West in Plano.  The hall, which opened in December 2017, is the first of its kind in North Texas, and like many other Texans, I had been anticipating the opening since I first read about it.

Legacy Hall is a European theme food hall that has over 30 unique food and beverage stalls offering cuisine from all over the world. It also has an in-house brewery and multiple bars, which serve specialty cocktails and craft beers.

The restaurants in the hall are miniature versions of existing and new concepts from some well-known local chefs. Chef Tiffany Derry from Bravo’s Top Chef serves her famous Duck Fat Fried Chicken with some other savory dishes at Roots Chicken Shak. Another local favorite, Celebrity Chef John Tesar from the acclaimed steakhouse Knife, who is a four-time James Beard semifinalist, also serves his famous burgers at Knife Burger in the Legacy Hall.

In addition to everything situated within the Legacy Hall, an outdoor venue called The Box Garden is under construction, and is scheduled to open Spring 2018. The Box Garden, will host live music, festivals, concerts, and other outdoor events.

I have been to the food hall a few times since it opened in December 2017. Here are the Tish Around Town Tips (#TATTip) for tackling the hall:

  • Bring a foodie buddy or come with a group – Bringing a foodie buddy is highly recommended so that you can share and try more things during your visit. This will allow you to enjoy our own international smorgasbord.
  • Bring your credit/debit card – The stalls at the food hall are cashless, so you have to pay with a credit/debit card or a Hall Pass. You can bring cash, but you will have to load it to a Hall Pass that can be purchased at a kiosk at the hall.
  • Come with an open palate – The variety of cuisines in the food hall gives you the opportunity to try a variety of international dishes along with some American favorites. China, Italy, India, Japan, Mexico and beyond are all represented in the hall, so come prepared to try them all.
  • Walk around before deciding on a meal – Make sure you take a lap around the hall before picking your meal. You can easily mix and match items from multiple stalls to create the perfect meal and enhance your experience.

Here are a few things I tried on my culinary journey through the food hall:

Roots Chicken Shak – Southern Cooking

The Duck Fat Fried Chicken & Fries

Note:  Make sure you checkout my blog on my fun cooking experience with Chef Derry – Cooking & Cocktails with Chef Tiffany Derry!

Red Stix Yakitori & Banh Mi – Asian Street Food

Yakitori-Grilled Meat Skewers – Beef, Chicken & Pork

FaQ’s – Authentic Mexican

Chicken Flautas

Enter The Bao – Chinese

Beef & Pork Belly Baos

Sea Breeze Lobsta & Chowda House – Seafood

Lobster Roll or as they say ‘Lobsta’

Main Bar

Craft Cocktails – 1st Froze´ made with frozen Rose´ wine, 2nd Prime Thyme with vodka, thyme, elderflower liqueur, honey, lemon, 3rd Bramblin’ Man with vodka, blackberries, mint, bitters, lemon, honey

Press Waffle Company

The House with nutella, cookie butter, fresh cut strawberries and house made whipped cream

Glazed Donut Works

Classic Chocolate Donut & Crème Brulee Donut

Legacy Hall is located at Legacy West:
7800 Windrose Avenue
Plano, TX 75024

Legacy Hall is open every day of the week:
Sunday: 9AM – 10PM
Monday to Wednesday: 7AM – 11PM
Thursday: 7AM – 12AM
Friday: 7AM – 1AM
Saturday: 9AM – 1AM

Have you been to the food hall?  If so, tell me what you think and what food you tried.

See you around town!

All Photos by Tish Around Town

Tish Around Park & Palate Grand Taste 2017

Hey TAT Family!

So, I had the opportunity to attend the event Park & Palate Grand Taste. I had run across the event on Facebook, and it piqued my interest because it was being described as one of the hottest culinary events in Dallas. That’s a pretty bold statement, so I had to go check it out.

Park & Palate is the annual fundraiser for Klyde Warren Park that showcases the region’s most popular chefs, as well as wineries and spirits from around the world. The two-day culinary event had a unique theme – “Pillars and Protégés,” which featured well known pillar chefs and up-and-coming protégés making collaborative dishes to showcase.

The event was held at Klyde Warren Park in downtown Dallas, which is 5.2 acres of urban green space built over the Woodall Rodgers Freeway. It’s a beautiful park with a lot of fun activities and great views of the city skyline, and the perfect backdrop for this event. Attending the event allowed me to kill two birds with one stone because visiting this park was on my Dallas To-Do List.

The event kicked off Friday night with, “Down To The Root,” which featured two chefs, a pillar and protégé, from each major city highlighting the best of Texas cuisine. The night was also filled with live music and dancing. I attended the Saturday afternoon event, “Grand Taste,” which featured more than 60 chefs and 30 wineries, plus spirits, craft cocktails, and beer. My beautiful Mom was my foodie buddy for this event. The Grand Taste was from 2.pm – 6.pm so we arrived a little after 2.pm.

TAT Tip: When attending a food festival, it is better to arrive on the earlier side so that you can get the majority of the tasting done before the crowd shows up.

Park and Palate Grand Taste

Selfie with Mom, my foodie buddy for the day

We first walked around to get the lay of the land, and then we started on our culinary journey. The majority of tastings were delightful and pleasing to our palates. You can tell the chefs took pride in working together to curate the perfect tasting for this event. On top of the great food, there were also countless selections of wines and spirits to pair with the tastings.

Lobster Roll

Empanada & Pork Belly

Some of my favorite wines

The entry process was easy, and there were also no long lines at stations. However, it was an unseasonable 90-degree day in October, so we had to take a few breaks to get out of the sun, and luckily there were plenty of cool seating under the trees and umbrellas.

I, definitely, recommend this event, and it is now on my radar as an annual event I have to attend. My Mom is a newbie to the foodie events but she had a blast, and she will also be back next year too. This festival is well worth the money for the quality of food, the portion sizes and the plentiful pours of wines and spirits. I have been to a lot of food festivals and foodie events, and this one ranks pretty high on the list as a new favorite.

Chefs serving savory bites

Chefs serving delicious desserts

Having a mini photoshoot in front of the We Rosé wall

My new foodie friends

Dallas TAT Family, make sure you add Park & Palate to your social calendar for next year, and for my out of town followers, this would be a great event for a Fall weekend trip to Dallas. The weather in Dallas is usually beautiful in October, and you can also catch a Cowboys game or some other fun events that same weekend

Don’t forget to sign-up for the Klyde Warren Park Newsletter, or follow them on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram to stay in the loop on the next Park & Palate, and all of the other fun events at the park.

What are some of your favorite food festivals to attend in Dallas or other cities?  I will travel for good food so I just might make a road trip!

See you around town!

Photos by Tish Around Town

Cooking & Cocktails with Chef Tiffany Derry – Tish Around Town

Hey TAT Family! It’s been a minute since I posted a blog. I’m sorry, I’ve been AWOL. I recently moved back home to Dallas, TX to embark on a new chapter of life, and took a few months to get reacclimated to the city and explore the social scene. Anyway, I’m back now, and can’t wait to start exploring the tons of great restaurant and events in Dallas and sharing the details with you. Don’t worry TAT Atlanta family, you’ll definitely continue to see posts about Atlanta, as I will be back on a regular basis to see family and friends, and to attend some of my favorite events.

So this summer, I had the opportunity to attend ‘Cooking & Cocktails – An Afternoon with Tiffany Derry’ hosted by RVC Promotions at The Brixton Shops at Legacy. The thing is I’ve been a fan of Chef Derry since her time on Bravo’s Top Chef Season 7 where she was voted “fan favorite” and also was among the final four in the season. Not only that, she was also a finalist on Top Chef: All-Stars. Over the years, I’ve also watched her on Bar Rescue and Hungry Investors on SPIKE TV. So, when I saw the post for this event, I knew I had to attend so that I could finally meet my Foodie Best Friend (in my head), and taste her food in a fun, intimate setting.

Chef Derry giving cooking tips & tricks

The event was the perfect Saturday afternoon sharing good food, drinks, lots of laughs, and the opportunity to meet some new foodie friends. The event was a 3-course cooking class, with each course paired with a different cocktail. The class was very interactive, and Chef Derry did a great job walking us through the recipes in detail and answering questions from the audience. The recipes for everything she cooked were also given to us, so I will be trying some of these delicious dishes at home in the near future.

1st Course: Pork Belly with Watermelon Salad Cocktail Pairing: Rock N Mules – Western Son Vodka Mule

2nd Course: Beef Short Ribs with Mashed Potatoes & Kimchi Vegetable Medley Cocktail Pairing: Live and Let Rye – Red River Rye, Black Walnut & Aztec Chocolate Bitters

3rd Course: Peaches & Cream Cocktail Pairing: Foxy Lady – Western Sons Apricot Vodka, Peach Schnapps & Peaches

Each course was simply amazing, and you can definitely taste Chef Derry’s Southern roots in her cooking. I enjoyed each course, but the second course was my favorite. The beef short ribs were so tender and full of flavor, and I’m still dreaming about those mashed potatoes. My favorite drink served was the ‘Live and Let Rye’ from the second course. I have been expanding my cocktail palate by trying more dark liquor drinks, and this drink was a perfect combination of whiskey with a sweet chocolate undertone.

The event was a reminder of my love for food and learning about food, and it gave me the inspiration I needed to get back to writing for Tish Around Town. If you enjoy trying different foods or love to cook, I strongly suggest you attend a cooking class and demonstration instructed by a chef. I have learned a lot of cooking tips and tricks during these type of classes over the years.

It was great meeting with Chef Derry after the event

Selfie with Mitzi, my fellow foodie buddy

Make sure you visit one of Chef Derry’s restaurants around Dallas. The Cupboard – Grab ‘N Go by Tiffany Derry is located in the Uptown Urban Market, and you can enjoy sandwiches & wraps, local artisan goods, salads and fresh sushi.

Also, checkout Root’s Chicken Shak located in Legacy Hall at Legacy West in Plano where Chef Derry is featuring dishes inspired by her mother’s Southern cooking. You’ll find her famous duck fat fried chicken on the menu along with some other savory dishes.  For more information on Legacy Hall, see my blog, Tish Around Legacy Hall – Dallas Premier Food Hall.

Root’s Chicken Shak – Duck Fat Fried Chicken & Fries

Thanks, RVC Promotions for curating a great foodie event, and thanks to Western Son Distillery for the awesome drinks!

See you around town!

Photos by Tish Around Town

Ringing in 2016: Tish Around Town Highlights of 2015

Hey TAT Family! Happy New Year! It’s been a while since I’ve written a blog, but I had to come out of blogger hibernation to share my highlights of 2015. This was a challenging year for me with many ups and downs, but I was still able to make some lifetime memories with traveling, and attending some fun and unique events. I hope you enjoy my favorite experiences of 2015, and can add a few of these experiences to your 2016 social calendar.

Jose James Concert – Yesterday I Had The Blues
I attended quite a few concerts in 2015, but the Jose James concert was my favorite. I’ve been a huge fan of Jose James for many years, and this was my second time seeing him live and once again James and his band did not disappoint. He’s considered a jazz artist, but it’s hard to put his music into one single genre/category.   He has a very unique sound, and he’s known for blending modern jazz, hip-hop, soul and R&B into his music.

Jose sung a lot of songs from his latest album, Yesterday I Had The Blues: The Music of Billie Holiday, which is a great tribute to the beautiful “Lady Day”. I also enjoyed the opening act Brandon Williams with performances by Deborah Bond , Matt Cusson, Anesha & Joi Tiffany. It was a night I’ll never forget, and I am so grateful for Next Level Events for putting together such a wonderful show!

Follow Next Level Events on Facebook to stay in the loop on their upcoming shows & events.

Jose James

Jose James – Photo by David Strawn

Brandon Williams

Brandon Williams – Photo by David Strawn

All Vinyl Everything (monthly event April – September)

‘Dance like nobody’s watching’ is one of my favorite quotes, and I did exactly this at “All Vinyl Everything” (AVE) Memorial Day weekend.   AVE is a monthly event from April to September where the best DJs dig into the crates and spin the hottest hits on vinyl (no laptops allowed).  Also, DJs and music lovers can buy, trade or sell vinyl at the event. AVE was established in 2012, and over the years this event has built a strong following of fun people that love good music.

Follow All Vinyl Everything on Facebook & Instagram for information on their upcoming events.

All Vinyl Everything (AVE) with DJ Applejac & my #GramFam Aisha!

Good times at All Vinyl Everything (AVE)!

Cruising the Mediterranean – Italy, Spain & France
I took a cruise through the Mediterranean, and it was simply AMAZING! There are not enough pictures or videos I can post to show the beauty of Europe. I have been to Europe a few times with friends, but this trip was near and dear to my heart because I was able to experience it this time with family celebrating a milestone birthday with my mother. My previous trips to Europe gave me an advantage to planning the perfect vacation for my family. I am a firm believer that doing a combination of land and sea through Europe is a great way to cover multiple locations and it’s easier on the pockets if planned right.

We took the Epic on Norwegian and it departed from Rome. We visited a lot of cities throughout Italy, France & Spain. The added bonus was ending our trip with a train ride from Rome to Venice. This was truly a bucket list trip, and I’m glad I could share this experience with my family.

Stay tuned to Tish Around Town for more details about my trip, pictures and tips & tricks for traveling in Europe by land & sea.

Epic on Norwegian Cruise Line

Epic on Norwegian Cruise Line

Gondola Ride in Venice with my family

My Gondola Ride in Venice with my family!

“i feel ya: SCAD + André 3000 Benjamin” 
I had the opportunity to attend the opening of I feel ya: SCAD + André 3000 Benjamin at the SCAD Museum of Art in Savannah. This exhibition featured André 3000’s custom designed black jumpsuits he wore during the Outkast reunion tour in 2014. Each jumpsuit has a Twitter length unique phrase that’s thought provoking, intriguing, and some are just out-right funny. This exhibition also featured the work of filmmaker Greg Broomall and painter Jimmy O’Neal.

This event was truly a memory for the books, and the added bonus is that I got a chance to meet him. Savannah is one of my favorite cities, and the SCAD Museum is always at the top of my list when I visit. Make sure you check out the blog I wrote, A Peaceful Weekend Retreat: Savannah/Hilton Head.

I feel ya: SCAD + André 3000 Benjamin at SCAD!

ONE Musicfest
I look forward to ONE Musicfest every year, and this year didn’t disappoint with a great line up featuring Ms. Lauryn Hill, The Roots, A$AP Rocky, Janelle Monae & Wonderland, Wale, SZA, Ghostface & Raekwon, Raury, Big KRIT, 8Ball and MJG, Scarface, Bun B, The Internet and much more. ONE Musicfest started in 2010 at a small outdoor venue, and now it’s considered the #1 Urban Music Festival in the Southeast with over 15,000 attendees, multiple stages, vendors and food trucks.

The founder of One Musicfest, J Carter says, “It’s our modern day Woodstock”, and I agree!

For more information on the 2016 ONE Musicfest visit the website.

Enjoying OneMusic Fest with my fellow music lovers!

Enjoying OneMusic Fest with my fellow music lovers!

Diner en Blanc 
Diner en Blanc also known as the “Dinner in White” was my most unique event in 2015. This event is often described as a flashmob picnic and the world’s largest dinner party. I have attended a lot of themed events, but Diner en Blanc by far exceeded my expectations. I couldn’t imagine I would be having a dinner, and dancing the night away in front of the Fox Theatre on Peachtree Street with 1,700 people dressed in all white formal attire.

Diner en Blanc is by invitation only, traditionally issued from organization leaders, members/past attendees and event volunteers. The invitation process can be a little confusing, and there are multiple phases to this process. My fellow blogger, Nadeen from The Sophisticated Life does a great job on giving you all of the details you need for getting an invitation and all of the rules you must follow as an attendee.

Diner en Blanc Guide for First Timers by Nadeen – The Sophisticated Life.

Diner en Blanc

Dinner is severed! Photo by Tiffany Powell Photography

Diner en Blanc

Sparkler time at Diner en Blanc! Photo by Tiffany Powell Photography

Afternoon in the Country at Serenbe
Atlanta has turned into a breading ground for festivals. There are multiple festivals every weekend so there isn’t a shortage on things to do in Atlanta, and you have a large variety of food, music and wine and beer festivals to pick from. Afternoon in the Country at Serenbe was my favorite food & wine festival for 2015. This festival features chefs from Atlanta’s top restaurants and caterers, local farms, fine wines, premium micro-brews, live music and retailers in the beautiful gardens at Serenbe in Chattahoochee Hills, GA. The price for this festival is a little more than other festivals, but it is well worth the price for the quality of food & wine, portion sizes and the countryside atmosphere.

This event takes place in early November, but the tickets usually go on sell in August or September. Follow Les Dames d’Escoffier International on Facebook or Twitter.


Welcome to Serenbe!


Enjoying the festival with my fellow foodie!

Well, that wraps up 2015. It was a great year, and 2016 is already off to a wonderful start! I recently visited New York City, so stay tuned to my New York review of my bites out of the ‘Big Apple’.

Stay turned to Tish Around Town for your road map for making lifetime memories and living life in 2016. See you around town!

Leave a comment below with some of your highlights of 2015, and tell me about any plans you have for 2016.

Make sure you guys check me out on Instagram, Facebook & Twitter!

Friday, April 17, 2015 – At The Table With Tish: Turkish Experience At Sivas

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Friday, April 17, 2015 at 7pm

At The Table With Tish: Turkish Experience At Sivas
Belly Dancing – Turkish Music – Fruit & Ice Hookahs
$35 Per Guests + Tax + Tip (drink not included)

Course #1 – Appetizers

Ezma – Tomato and pepper salad mixed with walnuts, onion, sumac herbs

Babaganush – Delicate spread made from charcoal-grilled eggplant mashed with tahini, olive oil, garlic, lemon juice and yogurt

Course #2 – Entrée (served with Greek salad & rice or bulgur, tzatziki sauce & pita bread)

Choose One: 
Sivas Kebab – Grilled spicy ground lamb & beef
Chicken Kebab – Grilled chunk soft chicken meat
Beef Kebab – Grilled chunk soft beef meat marinated with Chef’s special sauce
Greek Kebab – Sliced Greek gyro meat
Mixed Grill – Kebab sampler – Sivas, Chicken, Beef and Greek Kebab
(Vegetarian) Veggie Grill – Grilled mushroom, green peppers, zuchini and eggplant
(Vegetarian) Moussaka – Grilled eggplant, potatoes, zucchini, pepper and onions serve with béchamel sauce on the top

Course #3 – Dessert 
Baklava – Layered fillo dough with fresh walnuts and syrup in traditional Turkish style

Sivas – Grill, Hookah, Bar
794 Juniper St Atlanta, GA 30308

Parking: Complimentary parking is available across the street behind the building on Juniper & 5th Ave

Atlanta’s Best Food & Music Festivals for 2015

photo-9Happy New Year TAT Family! As you work on setting your new year’s resolution goals, make sure getting to a festival in 2015 is on your list. Savory food, good music and great weather are the 3 essentials for a fun and memorable festival. There is not a shortage of festivals in Atlanta, and you can find multiple festivals every weekend to satisfy your social cravings for food and music.

I decided to kick off 2015 by sharing some of my favorite festivals that I strongly suggest you add to your social calendar. I feel a festival is a great way to unite with family and friends while enjoying great food, music, art and culture.   Over the years, I have attended some amazing festivals around Atlanta, and some have been very memorable, and I look forward to attending them annually.

Make sure you share this blog with your family and friends, and save this page in your favorites to stay in the loop as the 2015 festival dates are announced.  Also, stay tuned to @tisharoundtown on social media (Instagram, Twitter, Facebook) for additional festival details, ticket information and reviews on the #TATApproved food & music festivals around Atlanta.

See you around town TAT family!

Note: Click the name to access the festival website for additional information.

Saturday, 2/21 & Sunday, 2/22 – 28th Oyster Festival
Location: Midtown

Saturday, 2/28 – Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival
Location: Atlantic Station

Saturday, 3/14 – Suwanee American Craft Beer Festival
Location: Suwanee

April 2015 (exact date TBD) – 11th Annual Rathbun’s Anniversary Party
Location: Old Fourth Ward

Friday, 4/10 – Sunday, 4/12 – 79th Annual Atlanta Dogwood Festival
Location: Piedmont Park

Friday, 4/17 – Sunday, 4/19 – Sweet Water 420 Fest
Location: Centennial Olympic Park

Friday, 4/24 – Sunday, 4/26 – Inman Park Festival
Location: Inman Park

Friday, 5/8 – Sunday, 5/10 – Sweet Auburn Springfest
Location: Downtown/Auburn Ave

Friday, 5/22 – Sunday, 5/24 – Atlanta Jazz Festival
Location: Piedmont Park

Saturday, 5/23 – Atlanta Caribbean Carnival
Location: Downtown

Thursday, 5/28 – Sunday, 5/31 – Atlanta Food & Wine Festival
Location: Midtown

June 2015 (exact date TBD) – Virginia-Highland Summerfest
Location: Virginia-Highland

September 2015 (exact date TBD) – One Musicfest
Location: TBD

September 2015 (exact date TBD) – Music Midtown
Location: Piedmont Park

October 2015 (exact date TBD) – Taste of Atlanta
Location: Midtown

October 2015 (exact date TBD) – A3C Festival
Location: TBD

November 2015 (exact date TBD) –Decatur Wine Festival
Location: Decatur

Sunday, 11/8 – 15th Annual Afternoon in the Country at Serenbe
Location: Chattahoochee Hills, GA

Whatever your flavor when it comes to music, food, art and culture, Atlanta’s festivals are sure to have something you will enjoy.

What festivals will I see you at this year?

Tish Around The Taste of Atlanta 2014

Taste of Atlanta 2014

Taste of Atlanta 2014

If you missed the Taste of Atlanta this year, you missed what could almost be described as a festival for your taste buds! The Taste of Atlanta is a staple food, wine & cocktail festival that has been around for over a decade. The 3-day food festival featured 90 restaurants, 4 live cooking stages, and the option of enjoying the VIP Experience, which included sample cocktails, craft beers and wines from around the world.

I had the opportunity to cover this event on Sunday and it was truly the highlight of my weekend. I attended the event with my brother, George who also was my photographer for the day, and my good buddy Angela, who was very instrumental in brining Tish Around Town to life.

The weather was prefect, which was a key ingredient to making Sunday a perfect day for tasting some of the best food Atlanta has to offer. Our taste buds were aroused with the smell of good food even before we entered the gates. Everything looked tempting so I knew we were in store for a tasty day. We started with getting the lay of the land, and coming up with the perfect plan for eating our way through the streets of Tech Square. The coordinators of this festival made it easy for getting around by grouping the restaurants by neighborhoods. This was a great way to experience food from a particular neighborhood or area of town.

I’ve been to a few food festivals in my day, and the one thing I can say about the Taste of Atlanta, is the food portion to food ticket ratio was perfect for tasting. The majority of the tastings were 2 – 3 tickets each, and most of the portions could be shared to allow for you to taste more food. On top of tasting the food, there were some fun interactive chef demos and food competitions featuring some of Atlanta’s best chefs.

I had a great time meeting some of my social media friends, and I made some new friends along the way. If you like trying different foods, or want to learn more about food, make sure you add the Taste of Atlanta on your list of things to do in 2015. This is a Tish Around Town approved festival, and I promise you won’t be disappointed.

I will let the pictures below tell my Taste of Atlanta culinary journey. See you next year!

Our firs stop was at Aja's booth.  The BBQ Pineapple Duck Fried Rice & Angry Wings were delicious!

Our first stop was at Aja’s booth. The BBQ Pineapple Duck Fried Rice & Angry Wings were delicious!

Thanks Angela for joining me for the Taste of Atlanta!  #GramFam

Thanks Angela for joining me for the Taste of Atlanta! #GramFam

Jim N' Nick's BBQ ribs were YUMMY!

Jim N’ Nick’s BBQ ribs were YUMMY!

BurgerFi had he longest line but this Double Cheese Burger was well worth the wait!

BurgerFi had the longest line but this Double Cheese Burger was well worth the wait!

Good Champion BBQ Mac N' Cheese was delicious!

Good Champion BBQ Mac N’ Cheese was delicious!

It was great meeting Wanda & Dawn at the Taste of Atlanta.  Thanks ladies for the fun Outkast dance break!

It was great meeting Wanda & Dawn at the Taste of Atlanta. Thanks ladies for the fun Outkast dance break!

Check out my new foodie friends Kimberly & Ashley!

Check out my new foodie friends Kimberly & Ashley!

Cafe Intermezzo's Oreo Cookie Cheesecake was a winner!

Cafe Intermezzo’s Oreo Cookie Cheesecake was a winner!

Authentic Italian pizza from Don Antonio!

Authentic Italian pizza from Don Antonio!

Big Pretzel!

Big Pretzel!

See you next year Taste of Atlanta!

See you next year Taste of Atlanta!

Photos Credit:  George Hinchen III aka Mr. Armani 

A Peaceful Weekend Retreat: Savannah/Hilton Head

TAT fam, don’t you just want to get away sometimes? Don’t you long to just get away from the challenges and stresses of your day-to-day lives to clear your head, even if it’s just for a weekend? Well, I needed a break from the hustle & bustle of Atlanta, so I jumped in the car with my ‘Mister’ and we headed south on I-75 to Savannah/Hilton Head. 

Headed south on I-75 with my 'Mister'

Headed south on I-75 with my ‘Mister’

1st Stop Savannah
On our way to Hilton Head we made a stop in Savannah at the SCAD Museum of Art (scadmoa.org). I love visiting museums when I travel, and this is one of my favorite contemporary art museums. They always have creative exhibits that showcase a wide range of artists, photographers and designers.

The SCAD Museum is housed in a National Historic Landmark that is the only surviving antebellum railroad complex in the country. The 1953 brick structure that was once a railroad is a work of art alone. You can still see original high ceilings and some of the original brick and timber displayed throughout the museum.

SCAD Museum of Art in Savannah

SCAD Museum of Art in Savannah

Beautiful wall art at SCAD:  Each day is fresh with no mistakes in it.

Beautiful wall art at SCAD: Each day is fresh with no mistakes in it.

Sitting area in the museum with a  beautiful piece of art on the ceiling called Web_Orange #5 by Jennifer Jenkins

Sitting area in the museum with a beautiful piece of art on the ceiling called Web_Orange #5 by Jennifer Jenkins

Close up of the ceiling art Web_Orange #5

Close up of the ceiling art Web_Orange #5

2nd Stop Hilton Head Island
After touring the SCAD Museum we continued our journey to Hilton Head. We decided to stay at the Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa (westinhiltonheadisland.com). The drive from Savannah to Hilton Head is not the most scenic drive, but once you turn off the highway headed to the resort you start to see the true beauty of Hilton Head.

The Westin Hilton Head Spa & Resort

The Westin Hilton Head Island Spa & Resort

Our stay started with a nice valet attendant greeting us and assisting us with parking and our bags. We walked into the lobby which was beautiful and very inviting, so I knew right then our weekend getaway was off to a great start. The front desk representative, Sally, was very welcoming and helpful with telling us about the resort. Our room was very spacious and included with a private balcony with beautiful views of the resort, which was a perfect home away from home for the weekend.

We decided to eat at the hotel the first night of our stay. Eating at a hotel restaurant can sometimes be a gamble, but I have found some amazing hotel restaurants in my travel, and this was no exception. We started the evening by making a stop at the bar and chatting with the bartender, David. He was very knowledgeable about Hilton Head and gave us some great suggestions on where to eat on the island.

We started dinner by ordering the Charleston She Crab Soup and the Duck Duo Salad as our appetizers. We loved both of the appetizers, but let me say this, the She Crab Soup was the best I’ve EVER had (yes I said EVER), and it’s worth a visit back to Hilton Head just for the soup! The entrees were delicious too. My ‘Mister’ had the delicious Lump Crab & Shrimp Linguine and I had the Filet Mignon. Dinner was perfect, and I can now add Carolina Café at the Westin Hilton Head to my list of favorite restaurants.

Charleston She Crab Soup with lumps of crab meat

Charleston She Crab Soup with lumps of crab meat

Duck Duo Salad with lemon, toasted pinenuts, goat cheese, port reduction, white balsamic vinaigrette

Duck Duo Salad with lemon, toasted pinenuts, goat cheese, port reduction, white balsamic vinaigrette

Filet Mignon with truffled risotto, grilled asparagus & demiglaze

Filet Mignon with truffled risotto, grilled asparagus & demi glaze

We spent the majority of the time relaxing, so we didn’t take full advantage of the activities and amenities at the hotel. We did get out to walk the beautiful grounds each morning on the trail. The Westin Hilton Head has a beautiful pool with a bar/lounge area overlooking the beautiful beach. You can also play a round of golf, tennis and relax at the spa located on the grounds of the hotel.

Beautiful walking trail at the Westin Hilton Head

Beautiful walking trail at the Westin Hilton Head

Beautiful pool area at the hotel

Beautiful pool area at the Westin Hilton Head

While there we also dined at the Skull Creek Boathouse (skullcreekboathouse.com) in Hilton Head. This is a pretty popular place for both tourists and local residents. They have a fun casual atmosphere with a large patio overlooking the water. We enjoyed the live band and cocktails while we waited on our table. The seafood was fresh and very tasty, and the bill didn’t break the bank.

We wrapped up our weekend by making another stop in Savannah on our way home. I couldn’t go to Savannah without seeing my Grambling alumni, DeShawn and her beautiful family. We met for brunch at Soho South Café (sohosouthcafe.com) in the heart of Historic Downtown Savannah. We had a great brunch packed with old stories and a lot of laughs. After brunch we took in the beautiful scenery and architecture of Savannah before hitting the road.

Soho South Café in the heart of Historic Downtown Savannah

Soho South Café in the heart of Historic Downtown Savannah

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We enjoyed brunch with my Grambling Alumni (#GramFam), DeShawn ‘Star’ and her beautiful family

I left the stresses of Atlanta for an amazing weekend and returned to Atlanta rested and refreshed. Make sure you keep Savannah/Hilton Head in mind if you are looking for a quick affordable weekend getaway.

Photos Credit:  Yours truly,  Mario Benoit aka Mister Media & Westin Hilton Head website

Brunching Around Town With Tish – Murphy’s

Murphy's delicious mimosa!

Murphy’s delicious mimosas!

Hands down, brunch is my favorite meal! On any given Sunday around town you can find me enjoying brunch. There’s something about having the option of breakfast, lunch or a mixture of both that gets me excited about the meal. My love for brunch has inspired me to start a series on Tish Around Town called Brunching Around Town. In this series, I will cover my favorite brunch spots around Atlanta.

There are countless places in Atlanta to have brunch, so I decided to start the Brunching Around Town series with Murphy’s, which is a favorite to many in Atlanta. Murphy’s describe their restaurant as a perfect combination of upscale comfort food, gracious service, a cozy setting and excellent value. I totally agree!

I have a little confession. I have lived in Atlanta for over 14 years, and Murphy’s has always been on my list of places to try until last month, and now you can’t keep me away from this place! My first visit was with one of my brunch buddies, then a second time with my ‘Mister’, and I’m already thinking about going back again.

Both of my dining experiences were amazing, and I was lucky enough to get the same fabulous server, Lorne, both times. My brunch usually starts off with one of my favorite brunch beverages: a mimosa, bellini or bloody mary. I tried both the mimosa and berry bellini and they were equally delicious. Another added bonus about Murphy’s is they have a bakery, so you are served a variety of fresh breads with homemade preserves to snack on before your meal.

Variety of fresh breads with homemade preserves.

Variety of fresh breads with homemade preserves.

I usually gauge a brunch spot on how they prepare the classic breakfast dishes, so I’m always looking for a tasty waffle, pancake or French toast. I tried a few things on the brunch menu but I really enjoyed the Hazelnut Crusted French Toast & Corned Beef Hash. Some of the other popular brunch dishes are the Eggs T. Murphy, Crab Cakes Benedict, Southwest Frittata & Chilaquiles, to name a few. Is your mouth watering yet?

Hazelnut Crusted French Toast with caramelized bananas, whipped cream and powdered sugar

Hazelnut Crusted French Toast with caramelized bananas, whipped cream and powdered sugar

Southwest Frittata with pork chorizo, potatoes, onions, peppers, pepper jack cheese, crisp tortilla strips and sour cream

Southwest Frittata with pork chorizo, potatoes, onions, peppers, pepper jack cheese, crisp tortilla strips and sour cream

Sunrise Frittata with honey cured ham, potatoes, onions and swiss cheese with a side of bacon

Sunrise Frittata with honey cured ham, potatoes, onions and swiss cheese with a side of bacon

Check out Murphy’s if you are in the mood for a great brunch that will cater to your comfort food taste buds. Also, Murphy’s has a wine bar with over 350 wines in stock with consultants on hand that will help you pick out the perfect bottle to take home.

Neighborhood: Virginia Highland
997 Virginia Avenue NE
Atlanta GA 30306
Phone: 404-872-0904

What are some of your favorite brunch spots in Atlanta?

Photo Credit:  Yours Truly

Tish At The Movies – Jimi: All Is By My Side

Jimi:  All Is By My Side

Jimi: All Is By My Side

A good movie directs what you see. A great movie affects how you feel. I had the privilege of attending the advance screening of Jimi: All Is By My Side, starring Outkast’s André Benjamin aka André 3000. This revealing biopic, from Academy Award-winning writer and director John Ridley (12 Years A Slave), covers the pivotal years of 1966 – 1967, right before Hendrix played the Monterey Pop Festival.

André Benjamin as Jimi Hendrix

André Benjamin as Jimi Hendrix

In the film, we follow Hendrix’s career from playing as a backup guitarist in New York, to being discovered and making his mark on the London music scene. The film also reveals the man behind the musical genius, providing a glimpse of his life including the complex relationships with the women who were very instrumental in his career. Set in the heart of the 1960’s, the film is fully dressed for that era. Everything from authentic 60’s fashion, popular music of that time, and even the set design made me feel like I had stepped back in time.

André Benjamin (Jimi Hendrix) & Imogen Poots (Linda Keith)

André Benjamin (Jimi Hendrix) & Imogen Poots (Linda Keith)

André Benjamin (Jimi Hendrix) & Hayley Atwell (Kathy Etchingham)

André Benjamin (Jimi Hendrix) & Hayley Atwell (Kathy Etchingham)

I really enjoyed watching André’s transformation into Hendrix on screen. I have watched footage of Hendrix in past interviews and performances, and André fully enveloped Jimmy Hendrix adopting his mannerisms, dialect and even his style of guitar playing. He drew me in as if I was watching Hendrix for 2 hours.

André -vs- Jimi

André -vs- Jimi

André -vs- Jimi

André -vs- Jimi

The film opens Friday, September 26, 2014 in limited theaters. Make sure you get out opening weekend to support this great independent film.

Film Synopsis from Darko Entertainment:
In “All Is By My Side,” there’s rock music.  Then there’s Jimi Hendrix.  “All Is By My Side” captures the energy, the charisma, the mind-boggling talent of a legend whose musical influence still resonates around the world today.  Based on actual interviews and archival materials, “All Is By My Side” brings authenticity and poignantly reveals a Jimi Hendrix behind the legend.  At its heart a love story, “All Is By My Side” is about a man growing up, falling in love and becoming Jimi.

Cast: André Benjamin (Jimi Hendrix), Hayley Atwell (Kathy Etchingham), Imogen Poots (Linda Keith), Ruth Negga (Ida) and Adrian Lester (Michael X).

Photo Credit:  Yahoo Images